Legislative Alert: White House Releases the FY 2018 Proposed Budget

The Trump Administration has released its fiscal year (FY) 2018 budget with a focus on supporting “federal law enforcement and criminal justice priorities of our state, local, and tribal law enforcement partners.” The proposed funding request for the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) totals $27.7 billion.

Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS Office): The $218 million budget request for the COPS Office includes $20.4 million in enhancements for the COPS Hiring Program. The funding would go toward programs to increase public safety and advance community policing practices. The discretionary money would be awarded directly to law enforcement agencies through competitive grants.